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and not a terror attack. u.n. ambassador susan rice, her name has been thrown out there as secretary of state, republicans are pushing back because she said five days after the attack it was spontaneous. petraeus could shed some light on this. by the way, his testimony is closed. lynn. >>> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> well, for now for a look at the weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karins. i'm surprised you showed up at work. >> i would challenge anyone to have an easier job today than me, even you. >> wow. thank you. i've been slafg away all evening. you don't know. >> i know. it's a mess in the kitchen. good morning, everyone. here's what we're looking at, nice, quiet day. just like yesterday. whatever you wore yesterday as far as the jacket and gloves went will work today. a little bit warmer in south texas. everyone else is the same, 20s and 30s. very typical for this time of years. we don't have any big storms to track. we had the rain moving up through georgia, south carolina, north carolina. that's trying to push out of the outer banks an
day of meetings with republican senators, u.n. ambassador susan rice has received a new vote of confidence from president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton. the president called rice extraordinary during a cabinet meeting that she attended. clinton led a round of applause for rice, who is considered to be the front-runner to be nominated as clinton's successor, a point clinton later touched on during a news conference. >> susan rice has done a great job as our ambassador to the united nations and, of course, this decision about my successor is up to the president, but i'm very happy he has the opportunity with a second term to make a decision. >> but on capitol hill tennessee republican senator bob corker spoke with rice wednesday and later warned the president that the job of secretary of state is held at a higher standard than his other appointees. >>> elsewhere, later today, "time" magazine will release a provocative exclusive. the magazine calls egyptian president mohammed morsi the most important man in the middle east. president morsi tells "time" that althou
toughest critics this morning. u.n. ambassador susan rice is heading to capitol hill for a closed door meeting with senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte. they were infuriated after rice called the assault that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans spontaneous and linked to a protest over a youtube video. she will be joined by acting cia director mike morell. the meeting could serve as a real test of whether rice will still be in for a fight over her potential nomination as secretary of state. >>> elsewhere on capitol hill today, it's back to the bargaining table for lawmakers facing a year-end fiscal cliff. yesterday the white house took a hard line insisting tax rates have to rise on the rich and warning that anymore delay on the deal could ruin consumer confidence and hurt holiday retail sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing fo
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